For Captain Chris Williams and the Fish Happens Charters staff, spending a day at the office means bobbing across Pensacola Bay's emerald-green waters, past the area's sugar-white sand beaches. It's a gig that has its perks, and one that Chris and his crew are passionate about sharing. They do so by specializing in light tackle fishing with artificial bait, leading anglers out in search of everything from king mackerel and red snapper to much larger targets, including sharks. For the less adventurous, Fish Happens also offers family sightseeing tours, which showcase the area's million-dollar private homes which sound like the ocean when you hold your ear to their mailboxes.
Housed in a bright blue barn, Batter's Box Family Fun Center is a flourishing farm of batting cages and miniature-golf challenges. Two adults ($5 each) and two children ($4 each for children younger than 15) may take on tropical-themed Adventure Island, which packs full-sized athletic competition into 18 scaled-down holes. As miniature golfers move their teensy feet throughout the greens, they are peppered with putting obstacles that include fountains, erupting volcanoes, and the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow.
Breeze Cinemas theaters feed drama-hungry audiences the latest mainstream pictures presented in crisp DLP-digital projection and sonorous Meyer Sound speakers. Nocturnal cinephiles can spend an evening munching on buttery golden kernels with their arms around their sweethearts, and matineers can get their laughing and crying out of the way early to preserve their professionalism during later tapings of Judge Judy. Stadium seating keeps views clear and noggin interference to a minimum. Check out the showtimes to pick a flick.
The site of the 1969 USGA Women's U.S. Open, Scenic Hills Country Club remains Florida's only course to host a USGA U.S. Open. But that's not the only thing that separates the 6,730-yard track from many of its Sunshine State counterparts. Unlike many courses that run through flat wetlands, Scenic Hills ripples over significant elevation changes—a characteristic that emerges at the first hole, a challenging, 443-yard par-four that plays downhill. The hills feed into a river and pond that, together, come into play on six holes, some of which force golfers to fly the ball directly over the hazard or bribe a frog with a backpack to swim it safely to the other side.
Alongside the course, separate greens for chipping and putting help golfers hone their scoring touch, and a driving range fosters full-swing practice. After a day at the links, golfers can enjoy a salad, sandwich, or other American-style dining at Caponi's Grille, named for 1969 U.S. Women's Open winner Donna Caponi.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,730 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 130 from the tips * Five tee options
Entertaining the public for almost 30 years, the Silver Screen Theatre projects first-run movies in DTS digital sound on four expansive screens. In addition to a daily schedule showcasing four or five current features and the occasional employee home movie, the theater also shows a number of second-run children's films, and offers free admission for ages 3 and younger. The nontraditional interior accommodates guests with moveable chairs and tables, ideal for sidestepping obstructive hats or compiling a seating chart in the shape of Steve Buscemi’s face. Guests can supplement their intake of conventional movie fare with spirits and baked, fried, and grilled full entrees (not included).
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym’s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club’s nearly 1,800 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym’s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. After a sweat session, members can head to the locker room for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two in professional beds.
The recently renovated Landmark Skate and Fun Center offers families a cornucopia of indoor activities inside an air-conditioned entertainment emporium. A skating ring sets the stage for jaw-dropping pirouettes during open-skate sessions and private events. Hands and eyes concentrate their efforts against automated enemies in the arcade area, and a techno-dance area lets feet showcase their rhythmic floor-touching skills. For kids, the play zone boasts a series of super slides and a balloon room, where children can safely bounce around without fear of sailing off into space.